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March and April Courses, Dates & Availability

March and April are arguably the two best months of the year for river fishing within the Lower Mainland, Vancouver and Sea-To-Sky Corridor. These two months bring the peak of the winter steelhead runs and the annual fry emergence. And to get you even more excited the ice on the local and interior lakes will be thinning out by late April. With this, the month of May can bring us the best lake fishing of the season using chironomid patterns for big and hungry rainbow trout.

To help you capitalize on these opportunities right at your doorstep Pacific Angler offers courses specific to each fishery. Due to popular demand we have added a second Fly Fishing For Searun Cutthroat Trout in Rivers course. This is an excellent course if you are a beginner angler who has already taken our Introduction to Fly Fishing course. Another exciting addition to the schedule is the Tying Epoxy Fry Patterns course which is designed to give you the skills of tying realistic fry patterns using epoxy.

Do none of these dates work for you? Pacific Angler can put together private courses for your family, friends, or even co-workers. Simply call Pacific Angler at 604-872-2204 and ask for Dave, Pacific Angler’s dedicated booking manager

To review Pacific Angler’s courses for February and March please read below with dates & availability. For Pacific Angler’s complete 2013 Course Schedule click on the following link – Pacific Angler 2013 Course Schedule


This course is designed to give the new fly fisher the basic knowledge, casting skills and fly fishing strategies to effectively fish our local waters. This course is comprised of two sessions: a 3hr evening seminar and a 3hr casting session.

Cost: $100.00 (before taxes)

New Date(s): February 27 (theory) & March 3 (casting) (2 Spots Available), March 20 (theory) & March 24 (casting) (Sold Out) & April 24 (theory) & April 28 (casting) (6 Spots Available)


This course is for the beginner fly tier or for those who have never tried fly tying. We will show you the fundamental skills needed to tie the successful flies used here in BC for trout, salmon, and steelhead. This course consists of 3 sessions of 3 hours each spread over one month. Vises are supplied, materials are not supplied, and students will receive 10% off on material purchases.

Cost: $60.00 (before taxes)

Date(s): Tuesday, March 4, 11 & 18 (5 Spots Available)


Learn how to tie realistic fry patterns using epoxy. This is a style of fly tying developed on the west coast to capitalize on the large fry emergence every spring. Pacific Angler will help you unlock the secrets to applying epoxy, a very tricky material. During the course your instructor will teach you the different methods to shaping bodies, adding eyes, and other important techniques. This course is suitable for most fly tiers with basic experience.

Cost: $30.00 (before taxes)

Date: Tuesday, March 5 (2 Spots Available).


Over 50 million salmon migrate past Vancouver annually. Learn how to catch these fish with Pacific Angler. This course offers an in-depth look at the local saltwater scene. We cover the local saltwater salmon fishing for the entire year, showing you the how, when, and where. The course includes a 3hr evening seminar and a fully guided day on the water in our 27ft Grady White.

Cost: $225.00 (before taxes)

Date(s): March 6 (theory) & March 9 or March 10 (on-the-water) (Sold Out – Call for Waiting List) & April 10 (theory) & April 13 or April 14 (on-the-water) (2 Spots Available)


In this 2 part course you will learn advanced float fishing techniques used to catch steelhead in all water types and conditions. This course includes a 3hr evening seminar and a fully guided day on the river putting your new steelhead knowledge into practice.

Cost: $225.00 (before taxes)

Date: March 13 (Theory) & March 16 or March 17 (on-the-water) (7 Spots Available).


Fishing for winter steelhead on the fly is arguably one of the most challenging fisheries in British Columbia. Join Pacific Angler and learn the secrets and “small things” that will increase your chances of success for winter steelhead. This course will have a strong focus on swinging intruder style flies using heavy sink tips and Skagit systems and is designed for the fishermen ready to take that next step!

Cost: $225.00 (before taxes)

Date: March 19 (theory) & March 23 or March 24 (on-the-water) (3 Spots Available)


This spring make sure to get out and take advantage of the world-class cutthroat fishing in the Lower Mainland. The cutthroat course is designed to educate our students on the life cycle, location, seasonal feeding habitats, and successful techniques used to catch these elusive fish. This is a two-part course; the first part is a theory session at Pacific Angler and the second is a fully guided day.

Cost: $225.00 (before taxes)

Date(s): March 21 (theory) & March 23 or March 24 (on-the-water) (Sold Out – Call for Waiting List)

New Date: March 27 (theory) & March 30 or March 31 (on-the-water) (8 Spots Available)


This 3-hour evening course will teach you how to tie some of the most effective chironomid patterns used in British Columbia’s world-renowned lake fishery. Pacific Angler will teach you the different techniques used to make the different styles of chironomids as well as how to fish them with confidence.

Cost: $30.00 (before taxes)

Date(s): Tuesday April 16 (6 Spots Available)


It is widely known that chironomids are the number one food source for trout in BC’s prolific lakes. However, few anglers have taken the time to become true masters of this discipline. Those that do are often rewarded with the largest fish.

Trevor Welton, fisheries biologist and expert lake fisherman, is the instructor. This course is a 1-night theory session designed for beginner to intermediate fly fishermen getting started on chironomid fishing. However, even the advanced lake fishermen will glean valuable information that will increase your catch rate.

Cost: $30.00 (before taxes)

Date(s): Tuesday April 23 (9 Spots Available)

Pacific Angler is proud to be your source for fishing education. Call Pacific Angler today, 604-872-2204, to book your spot. All classes have limited availability.

Pacific Angler 2013 Course Schedule